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Kinematics and calibration of active cannulas

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Kinematics and calibration of active cannulas
Abstract— Active cannulas are remotely actuated thin continuum robots with the potential to traverse narrow and winding environments without relying on “guiding” environmental reaction forces. These features seem ideal for procedures requiring passage through narrow openings to access air-filled cavities (e.g. surgery in the throat and lung). Composed of telescoping concentric pre-curved elastic tubes, an active cannula is actuated at its base by translation and axial rotation of component tubes. Using minimum energy principles and Lie Group theory, we present a framework for the kinematics of multi-link active cannulas. This framework permits testing of the hypothesis that overall cannula shape locally minimizes stored elastic energy. We evaluate in particular whether the torsional energy in the long, straight transmission between actuators and the curved sections is important. Including torsion in the kinematic model enables us to analytically predict experimentally observed b...
Robert J. Webster III, Joseph M. Romano, Noah J. C
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where ICRA
Authors Robert J. Webster III, Joseph M. Romano, Noah J. Cowan
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